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Three weeks left to have your say on folic acid

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Public consultation on the issue began in May and will finish on Monday 16 July 2012.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has released a discussion paper setting out four options which range from mandatory fortification of most breads from 30 September 2012, through to voluntary fortification.

To help inform the review, the Ministry has released a scientific paper which looks at both international and New Zealand research on the impact of folic acid fortification on folate status and potential effects on birth defects.

"This will give all interested parties an opportunity to consider the options and let us know their views," says Julie Collins, MPI Director of Biosecurity, Food and Animal Welfare Policy. "This is an important issue and we encourage people to go to the MPI website and make submissions.

"MPI will then analyse the submissions and give advice to the Minister for Food Safety."

Information about how to make a submission, along with the discussion and scientific paper, are available at www.foodsafety.govt.nz/consultation

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